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  • Share your story: Do you rely on tips as part of your compensation?

    Technology is making it easier for consumers to leave tips, but at the same time, there's a growing movement to eliminate gratuity in some industries. We want to talk with former and current tipped workers. How important are tips to your overall compensation? How have you seen a change in consumers' tipping habits as the economy continues to rebound? Would you prefer to be paid a regular wage, rather than MORE

    - Feb 12, 2015 11:27 AM ET
  • Share your story: Do you combine work with your vacations?

    Does your job allow you to work remotely? Do you blend your vacations with working days? Not just sending a few emails, but putting in full 8-hour working days. Maybe split a week at the beach with 3 work days and 4 play days?

    Share your story with our reporters using the form below, and you could be featured in an upcoming CNNMoney article. Your name and comments will not be MORE

    - Nov 4, 2014 2:40 PM ET
  • Is your employer dropping health coverage for your spouse?

    CNNMoney's #YourEconomy series moves beyond the numbers to look at the people who make up our economy.

    Is your employer dropping health coverage for you or your spouse? If your job is telling you it will no longer cover you or a family member because of Obamacare, we want to hear about it.

    Share your story with our reporters using the form below and you could be featured in an upcoming MORE

    - May 21, 2013 4:07 PM ET
  • Fed hints at more bond buying sprees

    Not everyone is thrilled with the Federal Reserve's loose purse strings over the past few years. With the economy now on the mend, many had hoped the massive spending sprees would finally start to wind down.

    But that might not be the case. At least not yet.

    Back at its September meeting, the Fed's policy making committee announced plans to launch QE3 -- a massive bond-buying program with an indefinite conclusion. As MORE

    - Nov 14, 2012 3:53 PM ET
  • Is the Fed getting bullish on housing?

    In a report on its 12 regional districts known as the "Beige Book," the Federal Reserve said that "overall economic activity expanded at a moderate pace." That's not particularly great news. The "moderate pace" thing is the same line we've been hearing for months now.

    "Moderate" is actually one of the better scenarios in recent Fed parlance. Economic improvements have been a mixed bag of "moderates," "modests," and "steadys" for some MORE

    - Jun 6, 2012 4:39 PM ET
  • Name our blog

    We're officially here.

    CNNMoney's economy team has been stealthily posting to our new blog for about a week now. But as of today we'll be pushing it out into cyberspace.

    But we're nameless. Right now we're the economy blog. But we need a name that represents who we are. And we're still learning our way. But we plan to post about – you guessed it – economics, and how it intersects with MORE

    - Mar 5, 2012 9:12 AM ET
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  • Who says economists aren't fun?

    President Obama seems to have a penchant for economists with a fun side. Not a bad call considering that since he took office, the state of the American economy could make a clown cry.

    In 2010, he nominated Austan Goolsbee, Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago and noted funnyman, as chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers. But shortly thereafter, Goolsbee decided to step down and return to his MORE

    - Feb 27, 2012 4:53 PM ET
  • Welcome to the new economy

    As 2012 began, the United States was at a major crossroads. The economy was growing and the job market was improving. By more than a few measures, it appeared the recovery was finally gaining momentum.

    Meanwhile, numerous threats still loom. Battered home values, global tensions and rising oil prices have kept  consumers and businesses on the sidelines.

    We've seen this all before. In the two-and-a-half years since the official end of the MORE

    - Feb 27, 2012 10:49 AM ET
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